Roger Mickelson’s History For Today (3/25/13)

Tonight, Passover is celebrated, commemorating the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt and the “passing over” of the forces of destruction, or the sparing of the firstborn of the Israelites, when the Lord “smote the land of Egypt” on the eve of the Exodus. The festival thus marks the first and most momentous event in Jewish history. Passover is often celebrated with great pomp and ceremony, especially on the first night, when a special family meal called the seder is held. At the seder foods of symbolic significance commemorating the Hebrews’ liberation are eaten, and prayers and traditional recitations are performed.
In 1305, the Arena Chapel, containing frescoes by Giotto, was consecrated in Padua, Italy. The chapel is covered with frescoes in three tiers representing scenes from the lives of Saints Joachim and Anna, the life of the Virgin, the Annunciation, and the Life and Passion of Christ, concluding with the Pentecost. Below the three narrative bands is a fourth containing monochrome personifications of the virtues and vices. The frescoes were completed in or before 1309, and they are generally dated about 1305–1306.
In 1306, Robert the Bruce was crowned Scottish king at Scone. He freed Scotland from English rule, winning the decisive Battle of Bannockburn (1314) and confirming Scottish independence in the Treaty of Northampton (1328).
American Revolutionary War:    In 1776, Congress awarded General George Washington the first Congressional Gold Medal.
In 1807, the British Parliament abolished the slave trade in the British West Indies, followed up by diplomatic and naval pressure to suppress the trade.
In 1957, the Treaties of Rome were signed, establishing the European Economic Community (“economic” was dropped in 1990) and the European Atomic Energy Community. It was signed by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and West Germany. The United Kingdom, Denmark, and Ireland joined in 1973, followed by Greece in 1981 and Portugal and Spain in 1986. The former East Germany was admitted as part of reunified Germany in 1990. Austria, Finland, and Sweden joined in 1995.
In 1975, King Fayṣal ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbd ar-Raḥmān as-Saʿūd of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by his nephew Prince Fayṣal ibn Musad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz. King Fayṣal was succeeded by his half brother Crown Prince Khālid ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz as-Saʿūd.
Flag ~ Saudi Arabia

Flag ~ Saudi Arabia (Photo credit: erjkprunczýk)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
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